Girl, 13, taunted over abortion at school after being raped by 29-year-old at sleepover


A 13-year-old girl was taunted over an abortion at school after being raped by a 29-year-old man at a sleepover.

The girl said Daniel Maughan had “destroyed” her life and she had been subjected to cruel taunts by fellow pupils who screamed “abortion” in her face.

Maughan, from Heywood in Greater Manchester, was jailed for 13 years following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He had falsely blamed the pregnancy on the victim having an “older boyfriend” and denied fathering the child even when DNA tests proved he was lying.

In a harrowing statement, the victim said: “When it first happened I was scared and did not want to tell anyone about it. I felt different the next morning and felt dirty and anxious but I tried to ignore what happened and felt I could not tell anyone.

”Then when I didn’t have a period over December I got a feeling I was pregnant. I am still scared I will see him and still can’t quite come to terms with the reality of what happened.

“He put me through hell having to have an abortion and then denied everything, making me look cheap. I have been called a liar by his family and have had ‘abortion’ screamed in my face at school.

”I felt I could not bond with my younger brother because it just gave me flashbacks to the abortion. No teenager deserves this and he has destroyed my life. Things can only get better from here.”

The attack happened in November 2018 when the victim was invited for a sleepover at a house where Maughan was staying.

Prosecutor Brendan O’Leary said: “She had been to see the Christmas lights being turned on and later fell asleep on the sofa with a headache. The defendant then started touching her, lifting her bra and trying to touch her breasts.

”He then put his hand in her pants and the victim describes feeling ‘practically all of him touching me’ and felt sick. She felt she could not tell him to stop.

“He then pulled her pyjama bottoms down and started having sex with her. She said it was painful inside and outside. She continued to feel pain the next morning.”

The victim eventually told her mum what had happened in January 2019 and police were called that evening.

She took a pregnancy test which came back positive and had to have an abortion on January 18.

DNA tests confirmed Maughan was the father. However he initially denied the attack and claimed his victim had an “older boyfriend”.

Maughan eventually admitted to rape and assault.

In mitigation his lawyer Michael Lavery said: “A report on him makes for unhappy reading but he did plead guilty.”

But sentencing Judge Maurice Greene told Maughan: “Your actions had a significant and serious effect on your victim and you made her life a living hell.

“She had a termination, has had the word ‘abortion’ screamed in her face at school and now lacks confidence.

”A girl of that age should not have to go through what you put her through.”


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